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treasury will pursue investigations using the tools and how you verify the banks have voluntarily withdrawn from iran and do not reverse course. >> thank you, mr. chairman. let me begin by describing the effort that we have been undertaken and how that has resulted in what we have seen is a dramatic reduction in iran's access to the international financial system. dating back before fasada the treasury department was active in going out to the international financial community, the private sector, as well as government officials around the world, and explaining the case for why they should voluntarily withdraw from the iranian financial sector, in particular the designated iranian banks, banks sanctioned for involvement in iran's proliferation activities and its support for terrorism. we were making good progress in isolating iran in limiting the number of banks around the world that were willing to do business, particularly with designated iranian banks. the number of banks, turkly in europe, that will willing to continue to do business with iran were reducing iran's ability to a
in order to prevent irreversible harm to the climate. to help us make that transition there's no shortage of water and sewage pipe lines that need to be fixed or replaced bridges and tunnels in need of emergency repairs and transportation infrastructure that needs to be renewed and developed. there are jobs that can be created in the energy conservation and upgrading the grid maintaining and expanding public transportation. jobs that can help us reduce air pollution coming greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency. it's past time for major new deal type public investments in infrastructure modernization and repair, energy conservation and climate protection as a means of putting people to work and leaving the foundation for a more sustainable economic future for the united states. this is just sound science and sound economics. increasing our reliance on the tar sands would take us in the opposite direction. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. >> my name is danny marshall i member of the student clammed coalition an organic farm worker from southern maryland. wh
in the insurance government, fisheries, and forest sector. the u.s. starts green buildings in china. my question is is the investment bank ceos working diligently to launch these securities all got fired because of the credit crisis, and do you have thoughts on how to get their attention again at the banks? >> i'm not spending a lot of time on banks these days, and i think what you need to ask is not so much -- i think you can assume that banks will be involved when there's a real demand and the proper incentives, and so when we start looking at green buildings or all series of other environmentally fiesht products, i think what you need to do is let's just start with government policies. i think you need proper government policy, and i think that companies need to hear from their investors, from their customers, from their employers, and i think that's why most major companies do these sorts of things they do when they do positive things that have a beneficial impact on the environment, and they think it's good business, and i think that -- and i think markets develop when there's a demand and
as the u.s. ambassador of russia. now, i do have a line of questioning that is important to me and i just want to reflect for a moment on -- before you answer the last question you're yearning for academic freedom, and i would just say as i sit in the past two other nominees that have come before the committee that if you are confirmed he will take an oath of office and that is to the constitution of the united states that means a constituted government that is both the executive and the legislative branch and while the president may nominate you it is the congress particularly the senate that confirms you. and so i hope that in your answer you will not just view yourself as an administrative witness but more as the nominee. so with that s the preface of where i am coming from, i want to talk about russia's relationship with iran. as the former director of the iran democracy project at the hoover institution, i think that you are very aware of russia's continued support for the ambition. when i served in the house, i had legislation aimed at terminating the iaea in russia's support for th
no in my part of the u.s. government. >> no one from the bureau of the national narcotics and law enforcement knew about fast and furious in your testimony today? >> i became aware of it at the same time. >> what about drug enforcement administration? >> congressmen, we are working with those committees that are investigating that matter at this time that would be the comment that i would meet. >> so your comment is that you were not going to comment on a direct question about whether or not you're agency knew about fast and furious? >> my comment would be that we are working with those subcommittees that are investigating fast and furious. >> this happens to be a member of congress interested and you are now under oath so you could answer the question for me. >> i find that to be of great interest, but your predecessor just spoke, mr. brown's field can go on record that he didn't know anything about it and you cannot. do you know anything of fast and furious? >> i knew when it became exposed to all of you and in terms of my office i can say that no one in my office knew. >> you p
doing. >> you were hearing this from omb they may be supporting the taxpayer and then use cited some statute that said you can't do basically you don't have the legal authority that's why you need to consult the department of justice and i think in your e-mail reading from your february 10th e-mail unless other authorities exist, the statute rests with the doj and the authority to accept the compromise of a claim of the u.s. government in those instances where the principal balance of a debt exceeds $100,000 so you specifically said you can't support of the taxpayer unless you have approval from the diprete of justice. >> we were specific on the fact they should go to the department of justice. >> but going to the actual question the next e-mail you got back is could you call me, could you give me a call to discuss? thanks. that's from the department of energy's legal counsel so now we are going off the e-mails. who all were involved in those discussions, not e-mails the actual discussions? was a just the department of energy? was anyone from the white house involved? >> i have no ca
simply that the iranian regime has been waging war mike against the u.s. policymakers the last 30 years including in beirut itself. they've been giving it to u.s. soldiers in iraq and afghanistan. you think the israelis have anything to do with that? to tell the u.s. policy makers that they are doing something bad to american citizens? it's preposterous. [applause] let's try some folks in the back. >> iran as a proxy around israel. we've also seen the iranians to latin america is this any kind of a threat to the united states or could it become one? >> yes, i think it's absolutely iran and through his blood is potentially a global threat. i think hezbollah if it were activated as an instrument of iran in the war in the united states especially if you would be capable of conducting operations across the globe and it's something we have to take very seriously. is it one that we would defeat in the end? absolutely. if i got to that point but it's something that needs to be watched very carefully. >> we had a discussion about mentioning china. if anybody wants to raise this it's an interest
if it is viewed as being a pledge that would not allow us to go forward to something like the reagan- rostenkowski tax reform, which is what i was proposing. i don't think the two or even in conflict, should somebody have signed a pledge in that area. host: if the committee comes back with a stalemate and the automatic cuts go into effect, what is the political results of that? guest: it will not be as bad as the economic results. i think a stomach by this committee would lead to an immediate downgrading of our debt by the two industries that of not downgraded us, moody's and finch. in my be disruptive to our economy, which is already -- the implications of them -- a stomach would be rather dramatic -- a stalemate would be rather dramatic. the frustration with spike up considerably if they do not meet the minimum goal. i think meeting the minimum goal should be easy and as a marginal action on the part. i think you have to go with a bigger goal. if they reached the minimum goal, i think moody's and fitch would probably downgrade us as a result of that. if you look at the numbers and you the number
a government that cleaned the taxes to spur back to the benefits. lieberman tells us they care so much about fairness and justice who say they want to help the rich and poor it was leiber that gave the casino economy and welfare society. so who is going to lift the poor and give our young people back to work and create that fair society? not you the self righteous labour party it will be us the conservatives who finally built the economy that works for everyone and gives hope to everyone in our country. [applause] that would start with a good education for everybody. it sounds so simple. a good discipline, rigorous exams, but it's hard. it's hard because our education system has been infected by ideology. instead of insisting on every child's success has too often made excuses for failure. they say that poor kids can't learn. blease can't do that well. in this community you can't expect too much. you really must understand. i do understand. yes, i understand. but believe me, i am disgusted by the idea that we should aim for any less of a poor background and a rich one. [applause] i have cont
to take the field and use that information to operate in a coordinated fashion so the third challenges dealing with that set expectations people have about homeland security. the concept of homeland security was a new concept. i grew up in a world where the defense department and the justice department had completely separate and distinct areas of authority to deal with security threats. you basically looked at a security issue and if it was a denominated military issue of war making them and you had a set of entities that dealt with of the authorities and legal rules and policies and it was a criminal issue or law enforcement or a different group of people and friends of the 40's and law goes forced to to deal with threats and which tools we use in particular situations, so we can have someone like bin laden who is an indicted defendant and a military target and we need to bring together a department that embodies the new doctrine and one that stands what used to fall neatly within the jurisdiction of the different federal organizations was a challenge in and of itself and one of the
been looking into that issue specifically. we have greatly be used the time that it takes to address complaints. we do have outreach to the other communities. i would suggest, however, that we are very respectful of the community and work with them on a number of serious the issue from the tsa security perspective is if there is bulky headgear or clothing the current technology cannot ascertain whether that maybe something in it that is explosive and they have to find some way to clear that passenger. some of the gentlewoman's time is expired. the gentleman from utah, mr. chavis. >> madam secretary, thank you for being here. you said you disagree with the gao analysis of the percentage of the border that secure. what percentage of the border do you think is secure? >> i think that having lived -- >> i'm just looking for a number. i have to go quickly. >> having lived and worked on the border post of my life i would say it is secure as it has always been. >> you don't have a percentage? >> well, i would say it is very secure. >> okay. when did you first speak with eric holder about fa
think will open up new opportunities to use those very significant resources to support models like these schools feature today. this also supports as to many of the congressional education leaders the opportunity to open up the 21st century after-school program to allow local leaders and educators to use those resources for both afterschool and summer and expanded learning time for schools. so the ability to use resources flexibly we think is incredibly important going forward. we are also seeing across the country and in a city which is profiled pittsburgh, when they knew for their low-performing schools they needed to increase time. them a strategic choices. they close some schools that were under enrolled and took those resources and put them into the local -- low-performing schools with her for i.d. of support including kids learning time so that superintendent made a strategic decision to reallocate resources strategically toward the needs of the entire students that needed the extra time. tough decisions released a report recently where they lay out some options about class s
don't know if you are german or italian. german. okay. you can tell us in the question and answer. these are massive shocks to the world economy spreading through the derivatives market that are not transparent, markets that this administration has consistently refused to make transparent. i see in the audience dallas has worked very hard on this point to try to convince for civil treasury the men market should become more transparent. not yet with success i think we should say. unfortunately. what is the situation in the united states? how we do it is our financial structure to what is coming at us. well, let me ask you this. if goldman sachs what hit a rock, hypothetical, i'm not saying they have or they will but if they were to hit a rock today, friday, who in the room thinks that goldman sachs, a bank with a balance sheet fluctuates around $900 billion -- who thinks goldman sachs would be allowed to fail, an incumbent of any said rescue, any other kind of bailout? could goldman sachs failed like lehman brothers failed with big, and initially at least on noble goal losses for t
playing soccer. heading the ball tends to be relatively safe if you use your forehead. the concussions come when you take the ball off the top of your head, most likely from a punt because the ball is at a greater speed or when the ball is shot, and you happen to be in the way. you'll take it on the side of your head. that's how concussions also occur. for me, the most common way of sustaining a concussion was my head to the ground. the type of player i was, i got my legged knocked out, and i hit my head on the ground. when you watch soccer, you watch where the ball's out. you might not even see the player go down and hit their head, and that's why the thoughts are by passed because you're not aware. you follow the ball where it's going. the other risky area is going in confrontations against the goalie. they are either going to get -- i have seen them get heads kicked and players getting kneed in the head, and there's a lot of different circumstances in which you can get a concussion. >> like in hockey? >> right. >> this has so much work to be done by so many. as a sports fan, you wat
efforts throughout this preceding. i know you have made many personal sacrifices to help us reach this moment and i wish to commend you for the result. you planning conducted workshops, reviewed records, this into numerous interested parties in this proceeding, balanced or concerns, crafted the order and accompanied further notice and yes, put up our office. but please know how much we appreciate all of you. i wish i could say right now that we were at the finish line, but this indeed is a marathon. and for those of you who will compete in sunday's race, sadly it will not be me, you have been preparing for months for this milestone that we've reached today. but we are at mile 20. just a little further to go. i for one look forward to continued engagement on the limitation of these reforms. i also want to join congratulating the chairman and my fellow commissioners on today's though. the task before us has not been an easy one, but it is certainly one for which i am proud this mission -- commission has finally achieved. commissioner copps and commissioner mcdowell, i know you have
to catch most of the people? >> the fundamental question is who is supposed to be doing this and use it in case after case after case you are going to defer to the officials seeing this stuff. since it is the simplest thing for any officials to say do it for everybody so the fact they do it for everybody and don't try to make an exclusion for traffic violators or something might be consistent with little or no evidence or might be consistent with some. there are good reasons to have a policy to do it for everyone it is easy to administer its done for the protection of people like the petitioner. >> there's so much sand to that why isn't it a federal policy? before you said because there aren't that many offenders. if there were more with of the federal policy change people in contempt charge and minor crime we estimate they think the blanket policy is a good one and made one modification to the policy in 2003 when the weight of the circuit was against it but this is a policy and for everyone protection. the point justice kennedy made earlier. >> they think it's a good policy to inspe
is going to get back to the polls excited, working, because -- and that is an argument that he can use with those voters is don't forget the years that came before me. the media kind of makes fun of him when they do that but there are voters out there if in their mind they can recreate the 2000 easter amex he will bring a lot of the votes back that we haven't seen. >> host: he will also see these voters who've seen this type of that line. this is for this monday most voters say the u.s. is in decline. it's a poll showing that american spirit has been sapped overwhelming number believe the current troubles indicate eighth wonder and deeper fall. that is on the hill. there's also a tweet de think the disparity between the rich and poor is good for america? put in context if you can. >> guest: that is what wall street is all about and people keep saying what do they want, what do they want? it's not their job to solve the problem. the president wants them to identify the problems and widespread heartfelt and i think that income disparity and maybe resentment is a strong word but resentmen
in the first place. you look at where a lot of the education department budget, which i used to oversee those. perfectly good programs, title i, all of these programs. in the business leader will tell you if you have a problem, fix it up front. so many business leaders need to get engaged in working with our elective advocacy and policy representatives to make this a national priority. other countries do it. >> and some of that is already -- some of that is happening. bob is reminding me that he's put a proposal for word, haven't you? >> well, i suppose specifically that's the state's kuhl at tax on goods sold over the internet so about 12 to $50 billion a year. there's bills pending up there and that need to be passed basically that says out-of-state sellers have to collect the tax. one option would be to tie it with actual children's trust in individual states. so the congress passes it, picks up the $1,216,000,000,000, its allocated back to each state, goes into an early childhood fund, and i would argue it has to be spent on the education portion because i think that's where the deed is.
in the system, and the forecast is for more record rainfall. i believe that requires us to review the operations of the master manual. just sticking with what's been done is not good enough. finally, i want to thank very sincerely, both general walsh and general mcmahon for their service and their service of the entire team. they did wage truly heroic efforts to defend these cities and towns, and we'll never forget those efforts. at the same time, we're in our duty not to acknowledge the master manual operating instructions is not going to cut it in these extraordinary weather conditions we confront. i thank the committee. >> thank you so much. senator conrad. senator rocks, we welcome -- senator roberts, we welcome you. >> thank you, and thank you for the hearing with my good friend, jim inhofe, who will be in the issue for some time. i don't know what we did to mother nature, but she has not acted in a very welcome way. starting in may and lasting through september, however, living along the missouri river were protecting their property with regards amount of water, four kansas counties were s
of getting the loan therefore -- the presiding officer: the senator used 30 seconds. mr. menendez: -- therefore putting the risk on the borrower, not the taxpayer. if we want to get our economy moving the housing market has to be part of it. i'd like to yield to my distinguished colleague from georgia, senator isakson. mr. isakson: how much time is left? the presiding officer: nine seconds. mr. isakson: it's going to be tough but let me say there is a 15 basis point fee on every loan that goes into this issued by freddie, fanny or f.a.a. takes us back to where we were. it doesn't add additional liability. the presiding officer: who yields time? a senator: i yield one minute. the presiding officer: the senator from alabama. mr. shelby: mr. president i urge my colleagues to vote against the menendez amendment. if this amendment becomes law taxpayers will be forced to subsidize individuals who make upwards of $200,000 a year so that they may buy homes worth nearly $1 million. that's what this is about. increasing t
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